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begin our team coverage this morning with claudine wong. where are you and what can you tell us this morning? >> reporter: pam, we are as close to the fire line as they will allow us here on skyview. this is the command post, the staging area. there are two lines of police tape leading to that area. they don't want anyone getting closer. they are declaring this a crime scene and pushing everyone back. this has been an unbelievable scene for hours. it rocked this scene and created an inferno that destroyed dozens of homes in its wake. the priority is to get the fire out, which at last estimate was only 50% contained. -- [ inaudible ] >> reporter: -- lieutenant- governor abel maldonado, the acting governor was on the scene from 1:30 to 4:00. he has declared a state of emergency and pland a briefing hours from now. and, of course you have everyone asking how this happened. everything points to this being a natural gas explosion. a full investigation was underway but aman said they were warn in signs. >> every day i could smell that smell from the gutter and sewer. a week and a hal
to the desk. >> thank you. sal. >>> this morning the u.s. coast guard will resume a search of the waters near tiberon. it is in response to a frantic may day call. last night a woman made a distress call on the marin -- [ inaudible ] >> -- some type of emergency but she did not provide any details. it is believed the call came from an area east of the tiberon peninsula. at 6:30 they will send a helicopter over there and we will be there as well. >> it was a violent night in oakland with a rash of shoots at about the same time, just after 10:00 last night. a man was shot at foothill boulevard and 62nd avenue. a woman was shot on 79th avenue and holly street. and a man and a woman were shot at 36th street and west street. >>> now in the shooting on foothill boulevard and 62nd street police say a man was shot in the back. while officers were helping that victim someone drove up to them and reported another shooting. now officers rushed to 79th avenue and holly street. reportedly in that shooting a woman's finger was shot off. she was rushed to highland hospital. >>> then just after 10:30 police
. a witness told us what she saw. >> i just saw flames shooting through the roof and out the windows and the glass busting out. after i called 911 i took pictures. >> reporter: and these are the pictures from that woman's cell phone. she caught the fire at the height of its intensity. you can see some of the large plumes of flames shooting out from that upper right hand corner. now firefighters who we talked to are on the scene right now they were familiar with this building. that's because this is the second time they have been here. you see there was another fire at 1:00 p.m. yesterday. so this is the second time the same crew has been here in the last 14 hours. is it possible you didn't put out the 1:00 fire and that's what started at 3:00 a.m.? >> it's always possible. but we're pretty sure we had a lady come by saying she heard an explosion and when she looked out saw a flash and heavy fire in the two rooms that weren't on fire. >> reporter: so the captain went onto add the building wasn't completely secure and that means somebody on this busy thoroughfare could have gotten into
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